Sr. Girls outpace Lady Colts - 42 to 34

It was cold night Friday, January 25 in Corning, but the Lady Cats were anything but cold inside their home gymnasium. Coach Jerry Songer and the Corning Lady Bobcats pounced out of the starting gates to take an early commanding lead that they would never relinquish. The Lady Cats opened up the first four minutes of the game on an 11 to 0 run; hitting three of their first five three-point attempts in that span. Offensive rebounding was key to the big opening quarter for Corning with Ariel Martin, Haley Arnold and Katie Clifton all snatching offensive rebounds and turning them into points for the home team. Corning led 14 to 3 after one quarter of play. Steffani Hampton was a human wall yet again, on this night. The great wall of Hampton set the tone for Corning defensively drawing four charges in the first half alone. The swarming defense was flustering the Rivercrest players and fans.

One player for the Lady Colts was handed a technical foul in the first half after turning the ball over in frustration. Then a Lady Colt’s fan was ejected for constantly bashing a specific referee in the game. Corning took a commanding 31 to 18 lead into the break and Rivercrest never got the game within striking distance the rest of the way. In fact, Corning led by double figures for 17 minutes of the 32 minute game clock.

The closest Rivercrest would get was at the very end of the game with only a minute remaining and that was a seven point disadvantage. Corning’s defense forced 10 turnovers in the game and only allowed one Colt a three-point basket on 13 attempts. The Lady Cats hurled up 16 three-point shots netting six of those. Martin led the way in the scoring department for the black and gold draining 10 points and snatching seven rebounds. Emma Russom chipped in eight points going three for four at the free throw line. Arnold, Clifton, Hampton and Abby Bauschlicher each contributed six points respectively. Arnold grabbed four offensive rebounds and Clifton added four rebounds overall. Hampton drew a season high six charges in the game bringing her unofficial season total to 21. This girl’s team is starting to hit their stride since the departure of Watson and this is the right time of year to start getting it together.

 

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